Trstenjak and Nagase win gold on day four of Judo World ChampionshipsComments
Tina Trstenjak handed Slovenia it’s first world judo championship gold medal after reigning supreme in the women’s under 63 kilo class.
The final, on day four of the championships in Astana Kazakhstan, pitted Trstenjak against the defending champ Clarisse Agbegnenou of France.
The Slovenian judoka started strongly piling on the pressure with a throw for a waza-ari half point.
There was no stopping Trstenjak who followed that up with a yuko score to claim the title.
Elsewhere on day four Takanori Nagase celebrated winning the men’s under 81kg category.
In beating Loic Pietri – the 2013 world champion from France – Nagase became the first Japanese judoka to take the world title in this weight class.
Nagase secured the gold medal after 90 seconds when he took his opponent down courtesy of a sankaku grappling lock for ippon.
It was the perfect boost ahead of next year’s Olympic’s in Rio de Janeiro where Nagase will look to become the first Olympic champion from Japan in this weight category since Makoto Takimoto in 2000.